Rotherham beer festival kicks off

Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival at Magna.
Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival at Magna.

You could gain entry to this year’s Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival for half price.

The South Yorkshire Times has teamed up with organisers of this year’s event, which starts today, Wednesday, March 5, to offer readers cut price entry to the festival, which takes place at the Magna Centre between March 5 and March 9.

The offer is open to people who have already purchased a one-day festival ticket for either Thursday or Saturday.

It entitles you to an addition entry ticket for Thursday or Saturday at half price.

One day entry tickets for either of these days cost £10. So by using this deal, you get an additional ticket at £5.

All you need to do is cut out the article which appears in the pubs section of the March 6 edition of the paper and take it with you to the entrance. One per person, and photocopies not accepted.

The annual event attracts thousands of visitors from across the Dearne Valley, while micro breweries from the area also showcase their latest ales and ciders.

Organisers are also appealing for people to come forward to work behind the bars at the festival.

Matthew Ridsdale, 36, of Rotherham, one of the organising committee, said: “Everyone at the event always has a fantastic time and we are sure this year will be no different.

“We have more than a dozen bars selling hundreds of real ales, ciders and perry. We just need a few more volunteers to come forward and help serve the drinks.”

The theme of this year’s festival is the Roman Empire and many of the ales on offer with have Roman labelling.

Local breweries such as Wombwell’s Acorn Brewery, the Concertina and Imperial breweries in Mexborough are expected to be among more than 200 of the region’s champion brewers exhibiting their award-winning ales.

The festival is open from 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from noon at the weekend. Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact the organisers at